After August’s attempted ATM theft – the consequences of which caused part of a building to collapse – we have been working hard with other agencies to support the town of Beaminster. The Loss Adjuster Officer from the insurance company has overall responsibility for the project and the Councils continue to push for progress on this matter.
Cllr Anthony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council said: “We have issuedfree parking at Yarn Barton car park, contributed financially to community support and granted rate relief to local businesses to support them through this challenging time.”
Funding for marketing the town
The District Council have allocated about £6,500 towards:
- Marketing of the town including traditional print and advertising
- Christmas tree lights festival
Cllr Alford continues: “The allocation of these funds demonstrate our commitment to promote Beaminster as a great place to visit. Beaminster has one of the best squares in the county to enjoy independent cafes and shops and enjoy the wonderful historic atmosphere of the town.”
Business rates relief
The Council has been in contact with those businesses whose trade has been affected. We have rewarded 100% relief from 18 August to 18 February. We have also advised businesses to stay in touch.
Traffic Team and Highways Operations
Cllr Rebecca Knox, leader of Dorset County Council, said: “From a highways perspective, our team is ensuring the Loss Adjuster Officer from the insurance company is taking responsibility for all aspects of the project.”
“We are pleased to say that with our input we were able to ensure the scaffolding and site compound were designed well; a two way traffic flow on the A3066 and a simple system in and out of Fleet Street.”
“We regularly visit the site to ensure that road users and pedestrians can safely travel.”
A3066 Resurfacing work postponed and repairs to car park
The A3066 was due for resurfacing. These will be done after the works are completed. The car park area is regularly inspected and patched to keep it in reasonable condition.
The District Council’s Conservation Officers have met and advised the owner of the property affected. They’ve also had conversations with Historic England. Currently, a listed-building consent application for repairs to the property is anticipated.
On 18 August 2018 an attempt was made to steal a cashpoint machine in Beaminster. A telehandler was driven into the former bank building. This caused substantial structural damage. Work is ongoing o remove the damaged area and repair.